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"Returning home from a Championship game, a group of varsity basketball players, cheerleaders, and coaches become stranded on the infamous East 9 Highway - only it's the cunning Creeper who has actually crippled their bus. As its 23 horrifying days of flesheating come to an end, the Creeper has embarked on its final voracious feeding frenzy in Poho County. As night falls, the terrified group of young athletes must fight their own fears and prejudices and come together in a seemingly hopeless struggle asainst a winged nightmare, hellbent on stockpiling as many victims as it can on the ultimate night of its grizzly, ritual feast."

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Review Date: 31 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5


Director Victor Salva is back with his sequel to the very critically and commercially successful original, but is it good enough to live up to the original film's reputation? I purposely waited days to do this review as I was very unsure how I felt about the film after seeing it.

Opening on the same day the last film ended, the Creeper is lurking in the Taggart family's corn field in a genuinely creepy moment that ends with Jack Taggart's son Billy being taken away by the Creeper. The hunt to avenge his son's death begins here.

Day and a high school basketball team, their cheerleaders, coaches and assorted helpers breakdown on the infamous and very deserted Highway . 'Down and disabled' it isn't long before the Creeper comes for a kid buffet and as he only has day left to feed he goes all out.

I liked the set up and thought it was very well thought out and well directed. Once the main action began however, I noticed that there was a new sense of humour present that was disgustingly campy and I wasn't sure how to take it. As humour I don't think that it worked, but it did disgust me.

The main flaw as far as I was concerned was the inclusion of too many characters, which resulted in weak deaths and characters disappearing without trace. What happened to Rhonda? did Izzy definitely die? and if Chelsea was running through the fields with the rest of the kids, then how did she suddenly pop up back on the bus? Yes we can find answers to these questions if we think about it later but when you're caught up in the fast pace of the film you don't have time to think about it and therefore it appears to be a sloppy editing job.

The film also opened up lots of new possibilities but ultimately left a lot of unanswered questions, which if never answered in a future sequel will niggle me forever more. Did the Creeper get everyone that he had picked? was he just killing some people because he needed parts urgently or because they were a threat (such as the couple in the white car who intended to report the brokendown bus) or did he want them too? There are all sorts of inconsistencies with the Creepers back story, which is a shame as there were nods to the first film that I really appreciated.

The cast are all adequate but there are too many characters for us to get to know them properly and once again the male characters are all objects of lust sunbathing together, peeing together (the coach even comments on how unusual this is) and for the love of God, did Jake really have to pull his jeans and his boxers down to his ankles to pee standing right next to a potential gay guy, practically begging him to take a look!! We didn't need to see that, not to mention they were on a flat open space and I seriously doubt anyone would do that in front of kids and their teachers!

Ultimately the Creeper will never be truly scary to me because he's a hell beast. The film is very entertaining and fun with witty dialogue, but once again is far too full of homoerotic letcherous material that is far more vile than anything the Creeper does.

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